The new Yankee Stadium's been open for only two weeks, and already the critics are talking loud and clear. Home runs are flying out of the ball park and the purists are now questioning the design.
In a speech at Southern Connecticut State University Wednesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team will monitor the number of home runs hit in the new stadium, but cautioned it's too soon to make a judgment and suggested it was part of a wider phenomenon.
"It's something we're going to have to keep our eye on because clearly the numbers don't lie," Cashman said.
But Cashman also said home runs are traveling about eight feet farther so far this year compared to last season.
"It's possible that the ballpark is a home run-type park," Cashman said in an interview before his talk. "We'll see. The ball is going farther in every park, not just ours."
There have been 26 home runs at the stadium, one more than the previous record for the first six games at a major league venue. That had been established at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium in 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.